Project: ABB 94 — Ecological Interfaces for Complex Industrial Plants

Dates: December 1993 - September 1994
Participants: Vicente, K. J., Dinadis N.
Description: The purpose of this research was to determine how the principles of EID could be applied to systems that are larger in scale than that which had been previously used as a testbed for evaluating EID (e.g., AECL 93). The focus of this initial feasibility study was the feedwater subsystem of the ABB conventional power plant simulator. The primary outcome of this research was a prototype interface for the feedwater subsystem that is based on the EID framework. The main findings of this study were: a) a proof of concept showing that the principles of EID can be meaningfully applied to a larger-scale design problem representative of those found in the nuclear industry; b) EID needs to be supplemented by more specific interface design principles; and c) it is possible to effectively integrate EID with these other design principles. Therefore, EID seems to be a viable candidate for the design of advanced computer interfaces for complex industrial plants.
Publications:

View PDF Dinadis, N., and Vicente, K. J., "Does ecological interface design scale up to industrial plants?," Proceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, pp. 3133-3138, 1995.

View PDF Dinadis, N., and Vicente, K. J., "Ecological interface design for a power plant feedwater subsystem," IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, vol. 43, pp. 266-277, 1996.

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